Undergraduate open days
The Gateway to Your Future — a taste of student life at The University of Nottingham
The University of Nottingham is gearing up for what looks set to be its busiest undergraduate open days ever — with 25 per cent more prospective students expected to visit its three main UK campuses than last year’s event.
Due to the increase in numbers, the University is urging visitors to leave their cars at home and take the stress out of their journey by using public transport to travel to the open days, which take place this year on Friday June 25 and Saturday June 26.
Undergraduate events officer Jenny Wardrop said: “On average we attract in the region of 20,000 visitors to each of our undergraduate open day events in June and September but for this month’s event we have seen a significant increase in interest — for the Saturday alone we already have around 12,000 people registered to attend, up from 9,000 this time last year.
“The undergraduate open days are the flagship event on the University’s calendar and we are thrilled to be welcoming so many more prospective students, their families and teachers to our campuses. This year, we have a packed programme of events which will offer them everything they need to know to get a flavour of student life at The University of Nottingham.”
This year’s event — themed The Gateway to Your Future — recognises that as well as deciding where to study, prospective students are also choosing their home for the next three or four years.
With that in mind, it will include a support services fair offering information on the full range of facilities and resources the University offers to support its students’ learning and how it looks after their health and welfare.
There will be a chance to check out the accommodation on offer at the University’s halls of residences and an army of current students will be on hand to offer help and directions or even a chat about the student experience at Nottingham.
Every single academic school and department on the three campuses will be open to visitors, offering information on their full range of courses and running their own varied programme of activities. Highlights this year will include taster lectures in subjects like philosophy and law, a casino demonstrating probability in the School of Mathematical Sciences, drop-in laboratory demonstrations of biological research and a guided tour of the Sir Peter Mansfield Magnetic Resonance Centre.
Current students in the Department of Music will also be performing a selection of pieces from their repertoire for visitors during a lunchtime concert at the Djanogly Recital Hall on University Park.
A programme of general presentations will cover everything from applying to university and money matters and study support to opportunities for studying abroad and services offered by the University’s Chaplaincy Team.
Information will also be available on the GoGreener Campaign — the University of Nottingham is committed to being a leading green university and right across its campuses is reducing energy from fossil fuels, encouraging sustainable travel and cutting down on waste.
As part of this agenda, and in response to pressure on available car parking provision, the University will be encouraging people to come along to the event by public transport and will be laying on free shuttle buses from Nottingham train station to its University Park and Jubilee Campuses, from Loughborough train station to Sutton Bonington Campus and between campuses.
After its popularity at last year’s event, the University will again be running its free city bus tour, a guided tour bus taking in the cultural hotpots, leisure and sporting facilities, retail outlets and historic sites that make Nottingham such a popular destination.
Prospective visitors are reminded to wear suitable clothing and footwear to allow them to make the most of exploring the University’s accommodation, sporting facilities and its award-winning campuses and gardens.
The open days run on Friday June 25 and Saturday June 26 from 9.30am to 4pm. A full programme of events can be found online at www.nottingham.ac.uk/opendays